Questions like, “what happens to his character on show XY?” are certainly not the first thing you look at when someone like Michael K. Williams leaves your life. But there are people who have to worry about exactly that.
This is especially true for Electronic Arts and DICE, for example, who after Williams’ death at the beginning of September had to consider whether and how they would continue to use his character Irish, who had only been announced the month before as a Battlefield 4 returnee for 2042 want.
This decision now seems to have been made, if you believe a video of the new Hazard Zone game mode: Battlefield 2042 will probably not be the last time we see Irish – at least if the creators of the game series have their say.
Daniel Berlin, Senior Design Director at DICE said:
“Our key artwork for Hazard Zone adorns the center and front of our specialist Kimble ‘Irish’ Graves, played by Michael K. Williams. I speak for our entire team when I say that we are still shaken by this loss.”
“But it was important to us,” he continues, “that his legacy lives on in the Battlefield universe.”
Then the crucial point:
“Irish will be available as a playable specialist at launch and we’re working with Michael’s team to its future story define. We want to continue honoring his fantastic work and celebrating his achievements. “
Of course, that doesn’t mean that it comes to that. Here both sides will first have to agree on what piety commands – and what the sensitivities of Michael’s relatives allow.
Personally, I don’t know how I feel about it. The question of the digital revival of actors and other personalities has been preoccupying us as a society for a while – and I have no idea in which direction it is developing. I guess we’ll find out.
In early September, Irish actor and The Wire star Michael K. Williams was found dead in his apartment at the age of 54. He died of a drug overdose. The actor had never made a secret of his substance abuse and spoke in various interviews about his youth, which was marked by abuse and bullying. In 2020 he went into therapy. Michael K. Williams was 54 years old.